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State Might Soon Require Replacing Broken A/C Units


California energy regulators are considering requiring homeowners to replace broken air-conditioning systems with heat pumps or HVAC systems that are more energy efficient. The change would go into effect in 2026.

Native American Tribe to Get Back 40 Acres of Land from State


The Fort Independence Indian Community is getting the Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at no cost in 2024. Native Americans had lived on this land for centuries before the hatchery’s construction.

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Felton Pump Track Proposal Headed to Board of Supervisors

After two community meetings, the proposed pump track in Felton Covered Bridge Park is heading to the Board of Supervisors. During the meeting next Tuesday, December 12, supervisors will vote on whether or not to support the project and give …

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Housing plans approved for Live Oak, Aptos, Soquel

Bienestar Apartments’ 57 affordable homes are nearly complete on the 1500 block of Capitola Road in Live Oak. The project is at left, behind Dientes Community Dental. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local) 
SANTA CRUZ >> Santa Cruz County Supervisors …

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Proposed hotel height allowed in Downtown Santa Cruz

Plus: Bus depot housing project expected to start in February.

Image caption: Warehouse storage is just one aspect of the highly complex logistics industry that keeps supply chains running.
Logistics: the Crucial Industry You’ve Never Heard Of

Logistics is one of the largest industries in California and keeps the state economy running. But it also comes with a heavy cost to the environment. Here are the facts on the most important industry you don't know much about, …

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Scotts Valley selects Urban Field Studio for $160,000 Town Center design update

Scotts Valley City Council voted Oct. 4 to hand a $160,000 contract to Urban Field Studio for the plan refresh of the previously mothballed Town Center project it's counting on to reinvigorate the community and help it achieve its housing …

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California Coastal Commission: Where It Comes From, What It Does

What is the California Coastal Commission? How one of the state’s most powerful agency protects public access to the state’s scenic coast from Mexico to Oregon.

Image caption: Conservation director Bryan Largay helps the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County choose its priorities.
A Conversation with California Conservationist Bryan Largay

The conservation director of Land Trust of Santa Cruz talks about the highlights of his work, and some of the issues he sees in maintaining California’s parks.

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Council approves plan to transform downtown Watsonville

In a future envisioned by Watsonville officials, the city’s downtown will be a vibrant and bustling place where commerce, mixed-use housing and a redesigned transit system intermingle and trees line a narrowed, two-lane Main Street. The Downtown Specific Plan, approved …

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The Future Of Downtown Santa Cruz

Visions clash over Santa Cruz’s urban development

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